Friday, November 21, 2014

Veggie From Another Planet?



This amazing vegetable is a Romanesco cauliflower which we got from our CSA.  I had never seen one before.  The chartreuse color and the strange fractal quality of the flowerets is just beautiful.  Wikipedia says  that the branched meristems make up a logarithmic spiral. Also that the number of spirals on each head is a Fibonacci number.  It is one of the mathematical wonders of the vegetable world.

We are having it for dinner, boiled whole, with cheese sauce and ham and boiled potatoes.   I tried and tried to find a recipe that left it whole but most of them break it up like an ordinary cauliflower.  That's tragic, in my opinion.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

And how did it taste? (Andrew asks)...

Alec Style said...

Just like cauliflower!

Vivi said...

I've got a couple recipes that at least let you slice it and roast it, "like steaks" (see The Kitchn, I think).

I've seen Romanescu in photos before, but never in person. Very cool.

And it would be delicious with a cheese sauce, of course.